Mar 26, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019

Philosophy - BA

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The Philosophy Department offers two concentrations: 1) the Standard concentration and 2) the concentration in Philosophy, Politics and Society (PPS).

Hunter Core Requirement

Several courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement .

Course CUNY Common Core Requirement
PHILO 10100   Individual and Society (H)
PHILO 10400  Individual and Society (H)
PHILO 10600  Individual and Society (H)
PHILO 17000  Scientific World (SW)

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core Requirement.

Major Adviser: Prof. Ian Blecher

The Philosophy Department offers extensive advising services to majors, including: guidance for course selection and sequencing and devising a course of study; tracking progress and compliance with college, CUNY, and state regulations; career advice; planning for graduate and professional school applications; and information about special opportunities for philosophy students.  Minors may also make use of these services.


Philosophy majors are encouraged to establish a relationship with a faculty mentor of their choice. This relationship can be distinct from the departmental advising relationship.


To be eligible for graduation with departmental honors in philosophy, a major must have at least a 3.50 GPA in philosophy, at least a 3.0 overall GPA. The student must register for the 3- or 6-credit PHILO 49400 , which is taken in addition to and is not part of the 30 credits for the major. The student must write a substantial paper under the direction of a full-time faculty member. To receive departmental honors the completed paper must be submitted to a three-member committee who will judge whether it merits departmental honors. This committee will consist of the director of the student’s Honors Tutorial and two other full-time philosophy faculty members appointed by the director.

Independent Study

Students may engage in independent study under the supervision of a member of the Philosophy department by receiving permission to take the following.

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